As we enter the Holiday Season, let me share with you several traditional Buckley community events that are scheduled to take place at school. I know from overhearing many conversations among the children how much they are looking forward to this seasonal renewal of traditions. They are part of their childhood here at Buckley and will be with them forever.
Most of these traditions are rooted in religious beliefs. While Buckley is a non-sectarian school, religion plays a central role in the lives of many of our children and their families. Our school is a community where every family’s cultural heritage, including faith, is valued. My hope is that each child’s home experience will be validated at school and that we will all learn from one another with mutual respect.
Gingerbread Man: on Thursday, December 5, Pre-K children will try to catch the Gingerbread Man all around school, starting at 10:00.
Tree Lighting: on Tuesday, December 10, at 11:30, Toddler through 8th grade students will gather outside to light our Christmas Tree and sing Christmas carols. Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies for lunch!!
Pre-K Holiday Breakfast:
on Wednesday, December 11,
all Pre-K parents are invited to join us for a festive holiday breakfast, at 8:30, in the Reception Room. Parents will enjoy a musical performance by the Pre-K
Christmas Pageant: on Friday, December 13, at 1:15, students in grades PreK-8 will watch a retelling of the Nativity story by the Lower School. Kindergarteners and fourth graders will be singing.
Polar Express: the Polar Express will be visiting Kindergarten on Thursday, December 19, at 11:00.
Nutcracker Assembly: on Friday, December 20, at 10:00, we will close the year with a performance of the Nutcracker by the first and 8th graders. Second graders and the upper school chorus will also participate. As usual, the finale will be a faculty surprise!
Hanukkah: at the Friday, December 20 assembly, we will light the beautiful menorah carved by Mr. Young and celebrate Hanukkah with songs, dreidels, and gelt. Latkes and Hanukkah cookies will be served for lunch on December 19.
I am looking forward to celebrating the last month of 2019 in the company of your children and yours.